Spring Day 9: Williams a quick learner

EUGENE - Oregon redshirt freshman Juwaan Williams might be in the minority on how views his year on the sideline. While he admits sitting out last year was difficult, Williams believes the time has helped him pick up the defense at an expedited pace.

EUGENE - Oregon redshirt freshman Juwaan Williams might be in the minority on how views his year on the sideline. While he admits sitting out last year was difficult, Williams believes the time has helped him pick up the defense at an expedited pace.

"I appreciate being redshirted." Williams said. "You get to see how a scheme is displayed from a screen and then how it plays out on the field. Then you're able to learn the defense in and out."

Williams is a fast learner according to senior Erick Dargan, who Williams says he's tried to "shadow" since arriving on campus last summer.

"Juwaan is special because he's very smart," Dargan said Friday. "He's one of those players that can come in and get it right away. As a young guy that's good, the quicker you can get it, it'll put you in a position to play."

Williams is able to recognize not only his own responsibilities but also everybody else's, according to Dargan.

"As a safety you've got to be able to do that, because if there's a missing puzzle piece and you know where the piece is, it's easy to fix," he explained.

The spring has given Williams, who plays the same safety position as Dargan, the opportunity to get extended repetitions in practices with the watchful eyes of senior leaders.

"Just us young guys that really need the reps are trying to get more experience before the spring game," Williams said.

Williams arrived in Eugene at 180 pounds, but has added 10 pounds to his 6-foot frame and hopes to add another 10 before his time at Oregon is over.

As a Georgia-native, Williams admits there has been some culture shock coming across the country to Oregon, the main difference being the people.

"Everybody is friendly out here," he said. "I was used to everybody being set in there ways and doing what they do. I got here I had to crack open an egg and be more friendly."

Lowe practices butt off

When asked about the leadership of senior wide receiver Keanon Lowe, offensive coordinator Scott Frost gave the following comical anecdote.

"A couple of days ago he was out there practicing and someone raked across his back and his pants ripped and his whole butt was showing and I told him he literally practiced his butt off.

"He just kept playing, which was great if you were in front of him, but wasn't so great if you were behind."

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